D.C. United entered tonight’s match against New York with high hopes of being able to take sole possession of second place in the East on primetime but that was quickly dashed as the Red Bulls got on the board early and never let up in route to a 4-0 thrashing of DC in front of 18,052 fans at RFK.
United never gained control of the match until late in the second half and by then they were already down 3-0. The best chances for D.C. came in that stretch but it just was not United’s night as shot after shot did not reach the back of the net. With decent possession through the first half but lack luster creativity in the finishing third, head coach Ben Olsen went to the bench at half time and brought in Boskovic for Dax McCarty to try and give United a spark. In a surprising move Davies was taken out for Ngwenya in the 6oth minute. Nothing seemed to work for United as they continued to struggle up front to create quality chances.
New York had great opportunities all game long and French International star Thierry Henry cashed in with 2 goals in the first half. New York was not doing much attacking in the second half but two counter attacks led to 2 more goals for the visitors. 1 for Joel Lindpere and another goal for the rising American star Juan Agudelo who scored a brilliant goal to put the icing on the cake for the Red Bulls.
Up next for DC United is a date with the New England Revolution at the Maryland Soccerplex Tuesday night for a U.S. Open Cup game and later in the week an always tough road game at Houston. United falls to 2-3-1 and have 7 points.
NY- Thierry Henry 12th Min
NY- Thierry Henry 38th Min
NY- Joel Lindpere 76th Min
NY- Juan Agudelo 92nd Min